Meet Aveline, The New Assassin In Assassin’s Creed: Liberation

By Ishaan . June 4, 2012 . 8:00pm

This October, the PlayStation Vita will get an Assassin’s Creed game in the form of Assassin’s Creed: Liberation. Ubisoft showed off the game’s debut trailer at Sony’s E3 media briefing this evening. Take a look at it below:



Liberation stars a new assassin named Aveline, and takes place in 18th-century Louisiana. She’s of mixed French and African lineage, and uses weapons like the machete, poison-dart blowpipe and dueling pistols.


Sony will release a special crystal white PlayStation Vita bundle to celebrate the game’s release. The bundle will contain a Wi-Fi Vita, the game, and a 4GB memory card.

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  • That bundle sounds great! I might finally get a Vita with that bundle, and it’s perfect to also get me started in the Assassin’s Creed series.

    • I’ll join you.

      • Count me in

        • Testsubject909

          It’ll be a wonderful orgy of assassination.

  • Heidenroslein

    A POC Female Assassin Protagonist that is also a Sweet Polly Oliver?


    • puchinri

      This! A PoC female protagonist at all is already so awesome. ;u;

  • I am already in love wit Aveline. :3

  • rebecasunao

    I really really really hope it sells well. She’s the kind of female character the game industry needs to have more and more.

    • brian yep

      That was all you needed for a confirmation that she is what this industry needs in terms of female characters?
      What if she ends up being like Samus in Metroid Other M?

      • PoweredByHentai

        We deal with that when that happens.

        • Testsubject909

          Preferably with flamethrowers.

      • Guest

         Again with the Metroid whining?  Let it go man

        • Testsubject909

          It’s always hard to let go of things when a character you adore is basically turned into a joke… by her own creator.

        • puchinri

          I think “whining” about an obviously sexist portrayal of a previously empowered female character is legit and people are free to that. If we don’t complain, people in the industry will never get it.

      • Luna Kazemaru

         dude….Don’t even go there…

      • rebecasunao

        Never played Other M or any Metroid game so I don’t know what you mean.
        Anyways from what I’ve seem, she looks really good. I don’t think I’ll be disappointed.
        By “what the industry needs” I meant a strong female main character that doesn’t look sexy or doesn’t look/act like a man.

        • Other M got blasted (rightfully so, from what I’ve seen/read) for having the most ridiculously sexist portrayal of a female protagonist in video games, pretty much ever. A character who was formerly more or less Master Chief with boobs and (supposedly) gaming’s first feminist icon was reduced to a wilting, whimpering pile of daddy issues and motherhood urges whilst fawning over a cold, distant male authority figure, all conveyed primarily in the form of long, angsty, unskippable monologues – without a hint of self-awareness.

          Definitely do play the other Metroid games though, Super Metroid and Metroid Prime are among the greatest games ever made and contain none of that garbage. Fusion and Zero Mission are good too.

          • Testsubject909

            Samus was always portrayed as tough, strong, who perseveres through any challenges yet showed some kindness and an almost motherly care and great conviction. Courage, her eyes spoke of passion when you could see them in cutscenes and the most impressive thing of all. All of that was conveyed without any words. Plus, you knew she was a professional of her field of work, which was a dangerous one and you knew she was the best.

            And then Other M happened and she became some girl struck by blind loving devotion and submission to a man whose authority could’ve easily been altered from that state to an actual military one if they’d just make the effort to do a passing mention to territory, rights and court martial as well as to her business. But no…

            And the girl won’t shut up… About the most useless of things… With a most bland and dispassionate voice actress… Who was poorly guided… in a relatively bad story… and showed uncharacteristic sudden high end fear against an opponent whom she repeatedly fights against and repeatedly defeats, typically and usually with great show of courage, stoicism and guts.

            They took Samus and basically ripped her personality a new one.

          • Samus is a cool character and all, but let’s be honest, in games prior to Other M her characterization was vague and implicit at best. She’s clearly established as heroic, tough, and ruthless yet capable of compassion, but that’s about all we get. The biggest consistency is just that she’s a really cool, badass warrior who does not take orders from nobody. Her gender is more or less coincidental (which isn’t a bad thing).

      • raymk

        I don’t see how that can even be given the settings and given that this is ubisoft. 

    • puchinri

      Most definitely~! I hope we’ll see more female protags like her (covered up, not sexualized – as far as we’ve seen – and with a fleshed out personality).

      • rebecasunao

        Yesss!!! And she’s also a black woman, which is even better! More black protagonists, please. Or hispanic. Or whatever, just not always white males…

        • mirumu

          Speaking as a white male, I agree 100%. 

          I think the gaming industry gets too caught up on the idea that most gamers are white males and that they always want protagonists who are like themselves. The option is nice, but I often find I prefer a protagonist who has a different sex, age or cultural background to myself. When they are well written it really can be quite interesting and thought provoking.

          • rebecasunao

            I completely agree! I don’t think the character needs to have the same color as your skin and be of the same gender. I still find it hard to identify with male protagonists but that’s not impossible, I just wish female characters wouldn’t be so shallow. This seems to be changing little by little (even though games completely made out of fetishes are still being made).

            A well written character can be thought provoking indeed, especially when it’s not a shallow white male or female.

        • Carl Johnson pawns all white male character.

          • rebecasunao

            San Andreas?

            It’s sad when a black character only (or mainly) interacts with white people. :| Not just in games.

        • puchinri

          Yes! This, so much~! There definitely need to be more black and latina, female protags!

      • Testsubject909

        I found her sexy.

        • puchinri

          Oh, she’s definitely sexy. Just not sexualized it seems so far. Thank goodness for that.

          Sexy and sexualized need not go hand in hand.  
          . . .Which is something gaming should get a clue on. (Of course, also among comics, anime/manga, general media and society at large too.)

          • Testsubject909

            But… But… I like sexy and sexualized…

            And I find sexualized guys pretty funny.

          • puchinri

            I love sexy, but I can’t stand sexualized. For the most part, because (intentional) sexualization is random and does not help things at all. No, Wonder Woman does not need a Wonder butt-thong. She’s already a sexy bamf if you draw the Wonder swimsuit modestly, and making it a thong just makes it look uncomfortable and is incredibly distracting.

            No, you do not need to sexualize the female characters in DoA, because they already quite attractive and it will be hot to watch them pummel in someone else’s face.

            Sexy totes works for me, just not sexualized. On either gender. Don’t force it, just let it happen naturally, ya know~? (Or make it squicky, for that matter.)

          • I’m fine with sexualization (wacky costumes and so on) as long as it fits with the tone of the work in question. If it’s a stylized, over-the-top macho fantasy, it makes sense for all the women to be smoking-hot sex bombs wearing impractically revealing outfits, and if you don’t like it (not “you” specifically, but anyone who is easily offended by that kind of silly cheesecake) come the hell on and get a sense of humor. If the work is trying to take itself seriously, however, then yeah, having a lady with butt cleavage or whatever delivering a dramatic monologue or running around an otherwise realistic world is a little weird and icky.

          • puchinri

            I think there are times when sexualization definitely fits, but I still prefer a lack of it. I think my problem is that usually, there are tons of those over the top macho material (whether in games, movies or what) and plenty of stuff already that is aimed at only or mostly male audiences, and include sexualization that could fit. (Basically, people will find places for it to fit and make it because they can.)

            But yeah, lately a lot of people have made lots of sexualized characters in more serious works, which is where I really roll my eyes. x’D

  • mirumu

    I kind of wish they’d shown a bit more footage, but that looks pretty good. The Vita’s second stick should really pay off on a game like this.

  • Didn’t I hear Ubisoft said that AC having a female protagonist is something hard to do???

    Hope you females have fun and I’m getting this for my Vita and AC3 for my PS3…

    • Speedo Redempteur

      Yes it was hard ..look how many games ubisoft released on that franchise before managing to do it …

      And this game is in the abstergo timeline , not in the desmond certainly wasn’t easy for them to do that

    • puchinri

      They said it was impossible or didn’t make sense. Or both. But yeah, some people were wondering about why the mind change.

      I hope everyone has fun with the character and the game. ♥

  • Roberto Armando Iraheta

    Sounds cool, now they need one more game to convince on the Vita.

    • PoweredByHentai

      What?  You’ve never heard of Gravity Rush or Ragnarok Odyssey?

      • Don’t forget Persona 4:The Golden….

        • PoweredByHentai

          I’m personally looking forward to those and Sound Shapes AND Legend of Heroes Zero no Kiseki Evolution.

          Forgot to add DJMAX Technika and Hatsune Miku Project Diva f to that list.

          • yahaya keita

            u all forgot soul sacrifice 

          • PoweredByHentai


            I’m… kind of scared of horror genres…  -_-|||

        • brian yep

          He may have played P4 on PS2, and besides maybe none of those games are up his alley anyway.
          I’m not completely sold on getting it anytime soon and I really wanna play Gravity Rush, maybe Ragnarok even though its style is relatively unappealing to me.

        • Roberto Armando Iraheta

          Already own the original. I’ll definitely get it if I get a Vita, but the system is still pretty barren on choices.

          • Testsubject909

            Hoping for some news and videos for more Vita content mself.

      • Roberto Armando Iraheta

        I said I need one more and I’m no fan of Ragnarok. Get off me.

        • Testsubject909

          I would rather not want to have the mental picture of PbH on you.

    • AzureNova

      You must be new here………..

      • Solomon_Kano

        Because he’s not sold on a Vita yet? He’s actually been around for a while now.

      • Roberto Armando Iraheta

        Because I’m not totally sold on its lacking choices. Most of what’s been mentioned hasn’t been out yet, so we don’t even know if they’re good yet. Mind your tongue when making assumptions.

        • AzureNova

          Calm down, it was a joke. I wasn’t making assumptions, and I don’t even have a Vita myself yet lol

  • One of the only few good things in that painful conference.

  • Zerita Wilson

    finally BLACK POWER!

    • puchinri

      Yeah! And no stereotypes or bad tropes and cliches abound apparently! x’D

      •  Well aside from the New Orleans = Black Protagonist cliche, but it is not a bad cliche there.

        • That’s probably because of her French lineage.

        • How can you even call it a cliche when it’s based in statistical fact? The majority of people in New Orleans are black. (Well, maybe they weren’t in the 18th century, but that’s true today.)

        • puchinri

          True~. But Chestnut Bowl did point out that French lineage too, and that does help quite a bit.

      • That has yet to be seen, but most black stereotypes are based in the 20th Century. I’m not expecting anything of the sort.

        • puchinri

          Heh, good point. And yeah, that is mostly true. Sadly, I can think of a number of things that could go wrong, but I don’t expect them to~.

          And while this would be a great chance to approach some ethnic and cultural issues of the time, I actually feel like I don’t want them to at all. I feel like I do and don’t have faith for how things could be handled.

  • Lexaus_the_Alchemist

    Very nice. Hopefully she has an interesting personality as well as good looks. A bit more gameplay from this and it could shoot up to a Day One purchase.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Black, female assassin? In New Orleans? Bravo Ubisoft, I will definitely be getting this.

  • Guest

    omg finally a Black female main protagonist this gen! Did the civil rights movement just end?

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Betcha she’ll have a nice ass in them old school clothes.

    • MonsieurEek

      Really? I am shaking my head, sir.

  • A female assassin? Yes.
    A female assassin who happens to be black? YES.

    Not only does she kick a lot of ass from the trailers, but she has a pretty face. Like I was sitting there and was O_O She actually looks cute, maybe it was her eyes or something and no I don’t mean the color of them. That glare of hers says so much.

    Anyway, I was considering buying a vita this month, but the crystal white vita looks sweet. So I might just hold off until October. ;n; which might be a problem. oTL.

  • It’s very cool to see a female protagonist for an AC game. The fact that she’s black instead of white should be a great boon to many gamers and I hope that she turns out to be a very memorable character. 

    • Testsubject909

      Her gender, ethnicity, nationality, all makes it VERY easy for her to be a memorable character just because of the time period it takes place in.

      Now it just depends on how well crafted it all is, if she’ll have a character to her and not just be a bland badass or some other annoying stereotype, and how accurate the depiction of the time period will be.


    I’ve always wanted to play as a black female protagonist. I’m so glad I finally get to do so. Maybe. I need to get a Vita first. BUT STILL. This could be a big leap forward in the game industry.

    (“Could”, because we don’t know what her character is like and if her race and gender make a relevant impact in the game.)

    • Testsubject909

      *looks at calendar*

      Gravity Rush comes out next week…

      • Yeah, but this money thing is harder to manage than I had imagined. It turns out I need clothes. And those things are supposed to be important in today’s society, and the lack thereof is greatly frowned upon where I live.

  • So tempting to get this but… I dunno. >_<; I will get this and ACIII Wii U but there is still all the other ones. 1, 2, Bortherhood, Revelations, and the spin-offs/side-stories.

    • joe ling

      If you have a ps3 get revelations since it comes with the first one and the other 2 are probably cheap already. I think the spin offs never get mention in the main games.

      • I do not have a PS3 which is why I haven’t played the AC series (I also don’t have a XBox). And just fyi this is also a spin-off/side story. xD

        • joe ling

          Well if you want to get into this series, then either get a ps3 or 360 since the story is really confusing with the past memories and conspiracy theories  plot or hope ubi ports all of them to wii u.

          • Yah… it’s just that getting one of those costs so much money still and I just cannot afford them… I will figure something out. Thanks though.

          • RaikageV

            You could also play the PC versions.

          • @RaikageV:disqus There are PC versions of them all? I don’t know how well my PC could handle them… but that might be my only option.

          • RaikageV

            All the main titles are available for PC (AC1, AC2, Brotherhood, Revelations and AC3 will also be released for PC). I played all except Revelations on my five year old PC (of course not on max).
            However, check this link:
            With this you can see if your PC can run the games.

          • @RaikageV:disqus Well my video card isn’t good enough for it according to that. Of course… I wouldn’t expect it to be. Everything else is fine.

          • joe ling

            Oh you could just watch a walk through on youtube for all of them.Problem solved!!!

          • Nemesis_Dawn

            Wait…but you said you’re buying a Wii U. Why not use that money, instead, to buy a PS3 or a 360, so you can play the games now?

  • joe ling

    A black female lead character? Is this a first in video games? I’m thinking of getting the bundle. 

    • RE5 sheva says hi ;]

      • leadintea

        A LEAD character. Sheva was just support for Chris. The only character that comes to mind is Jade from Beyond Good and Evil, though no one can peg what race she is.

        • Not really, sheva and chris were both leads, they both had all the screen time, it both got personal for them and they both shot wesker’s head off, partners; the supporting characters were Josh etc..
          Don’t see why you’d want to take that away from her, especially seeing how Sheva isn’t of mixed decent liked Aveline is.

          • Yeah, but it looks like Aveline won’t have to share screen time with the Hulk.

          • Testsubject909

            *Grabs RE5. Starts up the game solo. Begins the campaign*

            …I’m controlling Chris.

            Sheva is a support character. She’s not the lead main protagonist. She’s a protagonist, a very important character, but as it stands, she’s support until you unlock her, but even then, this is mainly Chris’ story and his past coming to haunt him. Sheva’s just in for the ride.

            Mind you. I like Sheva, I like her a lot. I like her alternate outfits too… A lot.

          • Aside from a control standpoint, sheva is very much a lead character, not a support character.
            Sheva and chris are like, bonnie and clyde, thelma and louise, boondock saints, starsky and hutch, the dukes of hazard etc..; they are partners, they make this theme apparant numerous times to the point Sheva almost died the same way Jill went “missing”.

            The thing that makes sheva a lead characters is because they’d both be completely lost without each other every step of the way.
            Heck chris wouldn’t even get out of the first village cause the guy who gears you up is sheva’s contact..

            Saying sheva was just support because you start out playing as chris, really doesn’t give her the credit she deserves.
            The reason you start with chris is just simply because chris is chris and sheva was still a nobody then, who would really care about playing with her if you can just play as chris right?

            Seriously though, Chris was the male lead and sheva was the female lead, jill and josh were support.

  • pekoe212

    Been waiting for something to make the Vita a solid purchase for me, and am actually considering this bundle. I love white consoles, I enjoy AC, and LOVE seeing more female leads in games, even if it is a handheld title.

  • Prinnydoom

    Damn. Now i need a ps vita -____-

    • Testsubject909

      You want a white one or a black one?

      edit: I ask because if you want a white one. Just grab the bundle.

  • Scallion

    “Black people can’t be talented or heroic in video games unless they’re part white”

    Anyway, as fun as these games can be, they feel almost like parodies of themselves now.

    • rebecasunao

      Hmmm yeah, her being half-french is kind of annoying. But her skin is black at least, and that’s already something.

    • Oh. I thought the French bit might’ve been for historical context. :X

      • rebecasunao

        It has, but that wasn’t necessary. She could be 100% black.

        • Chiupon

          If you look at the trailer closely, it shows her having some kind of costume change thing where it looks like she’s in some kind of frilly dress. Considering the context of the time period and the location, the half-french half-black thing isn’t that uncommon; yes, she could’ve been fully black, but the mixed race has different implications for the time period relating to status and wealth. :X

      • Testsubject909

        I wonder if she’s happy about being french… Remember, a lot of black tribes had their own language and the french and english just barged in there and thought “out of their cultured and educated benevolence, we’ll tear down all these ugly places and teach these barbarians the ways of our civilized world”.

        And so they were forced to learn an alien language while their own personal cultural heritage were slowly snuffed out. Which brings me to the point I’m wondering. Is she happy to be french, and it also makes me wonder if she’s a bastard child… After all, consider the time period and racial views then…

    • Seijien

      Just because she French, doesn’t mean she’s half-white. Way to blow that way out of context. 

      • Scallion

        I’m pretty sure if the press material says, “She’s of half-French and African heritage” you can tell what they’re getting at. Either way, the implication is that consumers would feel uncomfortable playing as a black female.
        But yeah, this is progress, so I can’t complain too much.

        • Seijien

          Well look at it more like this, why else would she be in New Orleans in this time period? Any character would pretty much have to have some French heritage, unless they were a rogue spy of some sort. 

          • Scallion

            …It’s fiction. The pope is using alien artifacts to Kage bushin no jutsu for god’s sake. Why else would she be living in New Orleans? I dunno, because she wanted to move there? She used to be a merchant of some sort? Former slave? They can make up whatever reason they want, so it’s interesting that they insist on going about it this way.
             Either way, it’s just as silly as making one of Altair’s descendants a goofy-looking Italian with a wannabe-JRPG outfit.

          • Seijien

            That would make for a pretty compelling character too, wouldn’t it? “I’m in New Orleans because I can be.” xD

        • Jirin

          I don’t think that’s the implication at all, I figure the half-Frenchness was for the purpose of backstory and connection.

    • But isn’t she supposed to be related to the (white) twenty-first century protagonist somehow? I don’t know, I don’t play these games.

      You gotta at least give Ubisoft credit for being willing to make games with main characters who are not muscular buzz-cut 20-30-year-old white males. It’s progress.

    • Julien_N

      And I thought only the Japanese would make all their characters half-Japanese even when it does not make sense at all. XD
      Well, maybe there will be a logical explanation for this decision. Let’s not jump the gun about this fact. ^^

  • but the slaves….

    • rebecasunao

      What about them?

      • even if she is half black and white they would have had her enslaved back at that time period right? or was tat the time that they started to enslave

        • Americans didn’t just up and enslave every black person they saw. The slaves in the Americas were the people and the descendants of the people who were bought from slave traders (white, black and Arabic) in Africa. Even during slavery there were free blacks in the Americas, either slaves who had escaped or somehow bought their freedom or Africans who had moved elsewhere.

          • Testsubject909

            It’s not so much the whole slavery thing we’d need to focus on here but the social stigma. After all, keep in mind at that time, the English were a seat of power and believed themselves to be the most civilized of all and the foundation of all civilization… To the point where when they discovered part of a civilized world from ancient times created by Africans and the likes, they sooner believed that mystical forces created these temples rather then believe that black ancestors created something resembling a society.

            To them, they were the kind benevolent people who educated an indigenous and below average intelligence, from their viewpoint, race of people… Basically anyone who wasn’t white or came from the mystical land of asia… And even then I’m pretty sure they had some mean things to say about asians.

            So our protagonist here? She’s in deep doodoo…

            She’s female, so she’s meant to be subdued and whatnot, plus she’s black. So that’s a double amount of social weight and trouble on her shoulders.

            If she’s a freedom fighter though, there’s at least that, but at that time I’m pretty sure they thought it was mainly a man’s job and that women would need to stay in shelters and at the very worst, have to defend themselves and never go out in the battlefield.

            Of course, historical fiction here, so I’m sure they’ll go the route of some noble group of people who believe all should be equal and whatnot and etc. Either way though, with all that set against her. All she needs to do is be competent in kicking asses, not be annoying, and voila. We’ve got ourselves a certified badass female protagonist.

          • Uh… all I was saying is that being a black person in America during the 18th century doesn’t necessarily mean that the character would be a slave or from a slave family. I never said she wouldn’t have faced discrimination.

            That said, there WERE progressives even all the way back then who believed in equal rights for women, minorities, etc., or at least that these groups were not essentially subhuman.

          • Jirin

            Everything you say is true, but I can totally see some small order of assassins being uncharacteristically progressive for the time.

  • Awesome. Always love to have more lead female character and animals.

    • Testsubject909

      Or lead female animal characters… *whistles lightly in feigned ignorance*

  • PuddlesPuddles

    The song is “Glass” by Bat For Lashes, from the excellent album Two Suns.

    • Alexandra Cordes

      Thanks for the info. I always enjoy the music Ubisoft uses in their trailers. :3

  • Göran Isacson

    So Desmond DO have female ancestors as well! Was beginning to wonder about that… and what Desmond will feel like if Aveline is as much of a charmer as Ezio is. “Oh man, oh man no please grand grand grand mom don’t make me remember you making out with that guy, oh please no! At least go for that dock-worker he’s kinda cute- WHAT AM I SAYING NO” etc.

    Then again that could quickly grow old and probably won’t happen. I do wonder however- quick wiki searching reveals that the war of independence which AssCreed 3 takes place in happens between the 1770s and 1780s, so this is in fact a prequel to the third game as it takes place in 1768? Isn’t that a rather small time-span when it comes to ancestors? Peculiar. Interesting, yet somewhat peculiar. Wish I knew more about the history of New Orleans now, so I could make some estimates as to what kind of trouble she’ll get into and historical figures she’ll make contact with.

  • A lot of these comments are seriously embarrassing to read…

    • Testsubject909

      I don’t know… Goran’s comment gave me a good chuckle.

    • LustEnvy

      Mankind is seriously just… idiotic.

  • a

    These are only other black female leads in vgs that I known of. Jade doesnt count cause the creator he’ll never say what race she really is. Also Sheva was a supporting character and the game re5 was just racist, UGHHH.

    I guess ubisoft change their mind in adding a black character cause of prototype 2, starhawk & walking of the dead. They just made the character female, in order to be seem more caring to the blacks & to women crowd. I also agreed with everything Scallion said.

    • M’iau M’iaut
      Welcome but please take the time to review the site rules. This thread is not about RE5, Urban Chaos or a Raven game. 

      Sorry, but warned. 

      Please watch the responses as well, I’m leaving this one up as an example of how not to make a first post.

      • a

        WTF are you talking about? I mention these games to bring up other black female leads, B/C OTHER POSTERS MENTION IT, DUH. Dont ever use my damn post as an example, cause I follow the rules here, troll. But hey you prolly like doing dumb stuff like this.

        • M’iau M’iaut

          Thank you for the response. A goal at siliconera is to have open discussions that are comfortable to participate in. Bringing up the old RE5 ‘controversy’ in a thread about a new Assassins Creed game does not facilitate that. If you are going to bring up theories about why a company takes an action, provide thoughts and evidence supporting such, rather than aside comments that could too easily be taken poorly.

  • Jirin

    Yeah, I don’t mind a female assassin so long as it’s a female who looks (And dresses) plausibly like an assassin. 

    In other words, her clothes should cover every bit as much skin as the male assassins’ clothes.

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